What to do in Rio de Janeiro


Rio Carnival
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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Rio’s stunning setting offers numerous activities for active honeymon couples. For spectator sports take in an exciting game of soccer at Rio’s Maracanã stadium (for safety sit on the lower levels – closer to the ground is best).

Rio Carnival – Join the world’s wildest, largest, glitziest and most famous carnival of them all. Rio Carnival is a wild five-day celebration where people dance, sing, party and have lots of fun in Rio’s streets, squares, bars and clubs, culminating in the colourful Samba Parade. More about Rio's Carnival . . .

Adventure – Combine a range of outdoor sports to take advantage of Rio’s exciting geography from rock climbing, rappelling and cycling, to rafting, ocean kayaking, scuba diving and surfing. Head out to Guaratiba, hike for an hour to a cliff overlooking a beach, then rappel down the 377m rock face or try a white water-rafting trip with Class III (and sometimes Class IV) rapids.

Rock climbing – Rio is the center of outdoor rock climbing in Brazil, with almost 350 climbs within an hour’s drive of the city.

Hiking – Discover the numerous hiking opportunities in Rio’s national parks, the rain forest of Floresta da Tijuca and around Corcovado. Hike to Sugarloaf Mountain and at the same time try some rock climbing. Or head to Pedra da Gávea for breathtaking views and choose between a swim in a waterfall or the ocean. It’s best to go with a guide.

Trekking – Trek into the mountains or along the rugged coast around Rio. Explore the pristine Serra dos Órgãos National Park or the spectacular Itatiaia National Park, located about 3 hours from Rio and home to the highest peak in the state, the 2787m Agulhas Negras.

Biking – Hire a bike and discover Rio independently or on a guided tour – there are more than 74km of bike paths around the city. Cycle along the beaches of the Zona Sul and then through the tunnel to Urca and the Flamengo waterfront as far as the Museum of Modern Art (MAM).

Kayaking – The Bay of Guanabara is perfect for kayaking. Take a guided tour and paddle around some of the small islands close to Praia Vermelha.

Surfing – Arpoador Beach, between Copacabana and Ipanema is popular but for better breaks head to Barra-Meio at Barra de Tijuca or to Macumba-Pontal, a 2.5km beach with waves up to 3m.

A surf bus departs the Largo do Machado at 7am, 10am, 1pm, and 4pm and goes along Copacabana, Arpoador, São Conrado and Barra de Tijuca as far as Prainha. You can rent boards and for lessons there’s a surf school in Ipanema.

Shopping – Rio offers endless malls, boutiques, bookstores, music shops and antique markets. Try the Hippie Fair near Ipanema Beach, on Sundays for the best from local artists. Look out for Brazilian musical instruments and the Brazilian Naif paintings (primitive art). Browse the crafts markets for souvenirs or for upmarket shopping visit the Rio Sul mall or the sophisticated boutiques in Rio’s chic Ipanema.

Latest update on this honeymoon destination: 14 October, 2019
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